Definition of fist in English:

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Pronunciation: /fist/


A person’s hand when the fingers are bent in toward the palm and held there tightly, typically in order to strike a blow or grasp something.
Example sentences
  • He clenched his fists tightly, nails digging into his palms.
  • He clenched his fists so tightly that he broke the skin on his palms.
  • He clenched his fists tightly and shook his head slowly from side to side.
clenched hand
informal duke, mitt


1 [with object] Hit with or as with the fists or a fist: a fastball he fisted into left field
More example sentences
  • When a breaking ball fell to the full forward his rasping shot came off the crossbar but he was alert to fist the rebound to the net.
  • When we arrived, the shooters were usually standing around fisting beer cans and comparing their overall performances that season.
  • McConville's kick fell short, but Barry O'Hagan managed to help it on its way, fisting it over the bar.
2 (also fist-fuck) [with object] vulgar slang Penetrate (a person’s anus or vagina) with one’s fist.


make a —— fist of (or at)

informal Do something to the specified degree of success: I think he’s made a good fist of it
More example sentences
  • And I knew I could do things, and I applied for about 60 jobs out of the paper that I thought I would make a good fist of.
  • And the fact that the Irishman is apparently making a decent fist of that is forcing quite a few people in football to reconsider their judgment of the manager, if not of the man.
  • For a man whose first love is cricket, he isn't making a bad fist of professional rugby.



[in combination]: bare-fisted


Old English fȳst; related to Dutch vuist and German Faust.

Words that rhyme with fist

assist, cist, coexist, consist, cyst, desist, enlist, exist, gist, grist, hist, insist, list, Liszt, mist, persist, resist, schist, subsist, tryst, twist, whist, wist, wrist

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